If you weren’t aware that there are different types of veganism then let me explain.
It’s kind of like when someone says they are a cyclist. There are many kinds of cyclists just as there are many kinds of vegans.
Here are a few of the types of vegans you’re most likely to run into. If you know of another major kind of vegan let me know. If they represent a large enough portion of the community I’ll amend the list. Thank you.
That’s also a polite way of saying I didn’t intentionally leave anyone out.
The descriptions below are in no way shape or form attempting to define that group or type. The
following are generalizations about each. I.E. Don’t get your undies in a bunch over my descriptions just because you don’t feel I accurately described you.
The Types Of Veganism
- Ethical Vegan:
These are people who are vegan for the morality of it. They may be vegan for the health of it as well. But, their main driving reason is ethics.
They don’t believe that killing, harming, enslaving or otherwise wrongfully using animals or any other living creature is right.
Ethical vegans don’t wear leather or animal products, don’t use products that have been tested on animals and generally don’t endorse animal exploitation such as zoo’s or elephant rides etc.
- Vegan Eater:
No, these are not people who actually eat vegans.
These are people who only eat vegan but are not concerned with wearing leather, animal exploitation, wearing products tested on animals or other ethical issues.
- Raw Vegan:
Here we are talking about people who are not only vegan, but, that also don’t consume any cooked foods.
They eat/consume all of their foods raw.
There are several disputes going as to whether or not this is the healthiest way to go or not. I’m not getting into that here.
I’m just saying that this group consumes all of their nutrition in its raw form that has not been cooked in any way.
- Whole Food Plant Based Vegan:
Those from this group choose to consume only foods that have not been processed and originated from plants.
This is to say that they don’t consume foods that; have been restructured in any way such as pasta which has had most of the benefits removed. They abstain from things bread unless it’s the whole sprouted unleavened version that has not had any parts of it removed through processing.
The foods they eat are plant based. This is to say that there are some who think they are vegans that eat mollusks because they claim they aren’t sentient beings.
The plant based portion of the title signifies that they would not partake of this type of eating.
A person could be plant based and not be whole food because they choose to eat refined foods. So, technically this could be listed as a separate category.
The reason that I say it this way is that there are many foods that people misclassify all the time. Most fruitarians eat fruits and berries at a minimum because bananas are technically a berry.
A loose translation of what a fruitarian would consider a fruit would be the ancient definition contained in many ancient writings that says a fruit is; that which contains the seed.
While most fruitarians are fully raw, there are fruitarians that cook some of their fruits to make deserts, recipes and the like.
- Junk Food Vegans:
These people are not into veganism for their health, they will for the most part eat anything so long as it doesn’t contain any animal products.
Most of this group are in this category for the ethics of veganism.
When they go to the store they read the labels and no matter whether it’s good for you or not, if it doesn’t contain any animal products they will eat it.
Many of the other types of vegans listed above will occasionally go off the wagon and eat some junk food, but for the most part they don’t make a habit of it.
Let’s Take This A Step Further
What I’d like for you to do now is to go read my article titled: 10 Reasons Becoming Vegan Is The Key To A Long Healthy Life. To check it out now go HERE
Thank you very much and I hope you liked my guide on the types of veganism.